Beef “less” Stew

I was scrolling through my Facebook news feed the other day and read a post from a friend, it said: “Please post some recipes that are quick and easy.” I empathize with you, really I do. All working mothers need options, and when you remove a key ingredient such as meat or gluten from your menu, sometimes it seems like the options are few and far between.

The decision to move toward eating a plant-based diet is about embarking on a journey toward wellness, no matter what phase of that journey you happen to be in. When you adjust your thinking about wellness, many other factors fall into place. There are plenty of days that I look at the clock at 4 pm and wonder what I’m going to make for dinner that night; the key is planning ahead. Dedicate some time over the weekend to plan for a busy week ahead. Sometimes that means chopping vegetables for Wednesday on a Sunday, but if it saves time and hassle, then why not? Leading a healthy lifestyle is much easier to attain with the help of an entire community. Begin with your family. Let the kids help with meal prep, and plan time each Sunday to do just that. You’ll have a bag of veggies all chopped and ready to put into your crock pot in the morning. It can stand alone as a meal by adding sides as simple as salad and bread.

This recipe for beef-less stew is one that I love to throw together on a rainy day. It’s easy to cook on the stove-top in under an hour, or throw into the crock pot in the morning before you leave. With the big chunks of carrots and potatoes, you won’t even miss the beef!

1 tbsp. olive oil
1 large vidalia onion, chopped
4 ribs of celery, chopped
4 medium carrots, chopped
3 cups of water
3 white potatoes, cut into ¾-inch pieces
¼ cup tomato paste
1 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
1½ cups green peas (if frozen, thaw first)
Ground black pepper to taste

Saute the onion, celery, and carrots for 7 to 8 minutes, stirring frequently as the edges of the onion browns slightly. Add a little water or olive oil as needed to prevent sticking.

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